by Steve Wagers

The Best Is Yet to Come
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Ruth 1–4
August 22, 2010

1. Grief Overtakes Her!
A) Emotional Despair
1) Famine
2) Funeral
3) Failure
B) Spiritual Devotion
2. Grace Overwhelms Her!
A) Grace Sought Her Out
B) Grace Caught Her Up
3. Glory Overshadows Her!
A) He Secures Her Field
B) He Settles Her Future

I have always loved to read of the life of John Newton, the author of "Amazing Grace." Two or three years before Newton died, his sight was so dim that he was no longer able to read. A friend and brother in the ministry would have breakfast with him, and their custom was that he would read the Word of God. Newton would make a few remarks on the passage and then they would pray.

One particular day they read the words of Paul, "By the grace of God I am what I am." Newton was silent for the longest and finally he said, "I am not what I ought to be! How imperfect and deficient I am! I am not what I wish to be, although I abhor that which is evil and would cleave to that which is good! I am not what I hope to be, but soon I shall be out of mortality, and with it all sin and imperfection. Though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor yet what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was: a slave to sin and Satan. I can heartily join with the Apostle and acknowledge that by the grace of God I am what I am!"

Any saved person must say that they are not what they used to be. If we were honest, many of us would have to say that we’re not what we hope to be. But, blessed be God, we all can say that we’re not what we’re going to be. The best is yet to come.

Once you understand the book of Ruth, you will understand salvation. Ruth was a Gentile, a stranger, an outsider, a foreigner; yet, grace sought her, mercy caught her, and redemption bought her.

Ruth is an OT foreshadowing of how we, as Gentiles, were "grafted into the vine" of salvation, which first came to the Jewish nation.

1. GRIEF OV ...

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